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  •  Racist against who? (2+ / 0-)
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    capelza, Tyto Alba

    Like Ferraro claimed everyone was racist against her?

    She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us. Big Thunder

    by Winter Rabbit on Sun Mar 01, 2009 at 07:18:23 PM PST

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    •  Thought it was obvious... (0+ / 0-)

      racist period. Any belief in differences based on membership in a group, believing for example that white people are violent aggressors always and brown skinned people are always peaceful victims is just flat out racist. In this case, it is a racist view of both.

      •  That's a conservative deflection method (5+ / 0-)

        for denying the truth of what happened. Convenient, really. It's racist to say the White Europeans committed genocide for 500 years? I call that, False Historical Memory Syndrome.

        Better not say the ones who committed genocide against American Indians were white europeans, then your racist. Holder is right, this is a nation of cowards.

        She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us. Big Thunder

        by Winter Rabbit on Sun Mar 01, 2009 at 07:48:32 PM PST

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        •  No. (2+ / 0-)
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          BoxNDox, Fresno

          It's racist to say the White Europeans committed genocide for 500 years?

          Clearly that isn't even remotely close to what the poster was saying.
           
          Rather, he/she is arguing that it's racist to assume that the Hopi/Navajo tribal disputes are manufactured by Europeans; it reflects an attitude that the indigenous people are basically too simple to have their own inter-national disputes, and indeed that they can be duped into acting out fake ones.
                       

          •  You defend a comment with this in it? (0+ / 0-)

            But even sweet little brown skinned people can be imperialists and try to conquer their neighbors.

            And as for your comment below, possible false analogy. Was she telling the Navajo how to pronounce their language or what their culture is? I haven't written a book on culture or history. Authors who are non indian who write about their culture are supposed go have tribal approval. Is it O.K with you I quote an interview below with Louise Benally? Is that "trying to "tell their story?'" The journalist was then too I guess, right?

            I'm speaking against their forced relocation in the instances cited, which is current.

            And you missed this too, defending it?

            The Navajo did not move there because of Europeans.

            http://intercontinentalcry.org/...

            Navajos at Big Mountain resisting forced relocation view the 19th Century prison camp of Bosque Redondo and the war in Iraq as a continuum of U.S. government sponsored terror. Louise Benally of Big Mountain remembered her great-grandfather and other Navajos driven from their beloved homeland by the U.S. Army on foot for hundreds of miles while witnessing the murder, rape and starvation of their family and friends.

            "I think these poor children had gone through so much, but, yet they had the will to go on and live their lives. If it weren’t for that, we wouldn’t be here today.

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            "The U.S. military first murders your people and destroys your way of life while stealing your culture, then forces you to learn their evil ways of lying and cheating," Benally said.

            Of course, the Europeans were already here, and the American Indians came from the Old World.

            I am aghast at some the willful denial displayed here on this thread.

            She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us. Big Thunder

            by Winter Rabbit on Tue Mar 03, 2009 at 07:01:07 PM PST

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